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Afternoon At El Pantà De Vallvidrera
August 25, 2008
4:51 pm
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Matt
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Had an afternoon at this small, pretty lake the other day. It was formed by the damming of a minor river and was originally used for drinking water by the nearby village but is now a protected nature area. As well as the species pictured here it also has populations of European pond turtle Mauremys leprosa, fire salamander Salamandra salamandra and marbled newt Triturus marmoratus. Spotted a turtle when I was leaving but couldn't get me camera organised quickly enough. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> There are a bunch of introduced species here too including Gambusia, carp Cyprinus carpio, black bass Micropterus salmoides, Yellow-bellied terrapin Trachemys scripta and the crayfish Procambarus clarkii. I'll take a net next time...

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Rana perezi. You just would not believe how many of these there were here. Literally thousands. Each step you took around the perimeter of the lake resulted in 20 or 30 frogs leaping into the water. Really should have taken some video of this as it was quite something:

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Cydnus species? Whatever it is it fell out of a tree on to my shirt and frightened the life out of me... /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

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Pair of Crocothemis erythraea doing the good thing:

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Sympetrum sp.?:

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...and the one I was really pleased to find...Hyla meridionalis. First time seeing this species! Two different specimens here with slightly different colouring:

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Cake or death?
August 25, 2008
8:53 pm
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geordie John
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WoW Matt,
Just like Exibition Park Ay !
I could enjoy a holiday there .Hope the carp keep on top of the P. clarkii before the amphibians start disapearing.Wouldnt mind a Fanta bottle full of Hyla sp. sending back LoL
All the best,
G.J.

August 25, 2008
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Matt, all i can say is WOW, great pics and the habitat is beautiful.
no wonder you went over there. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

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August 26, 2008
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Matt, that´s the point where you should be able to see blue Hyla meridionalis /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Great pics in any case.

As nobody will know this, I´ll tell you that this little reservoir is managed in a way to favour the amphibians, so it gets dried from time to time and crayfish, exotic reptiles, Gambusia and so on are taken away.

This spot is specially important for salamanders (Salamandra salamandra).

Manuel...

August 26, 2008
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Mmm VERY interesting Manuel! I was planning a small trip tomorrow but now you've said that I'm going back here instead. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> About the Hyla and Salamandra, where best to look? The two Hyla in the pictures were found among the grasses right next to the water but should I be looking in the trees too? I presume for the salamanders I should head into the trees a bit and turn over some logs?

Cheers John and Mick! John yup just like exhibition park minus the radgis and drunk students! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

Cake or death?
August 26, 2008
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wow that really is beautiful!

August 26, 2008
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Excellent pics Matt /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

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